Eli Manning has been barely startable this year. He ranks as the 19th-best quarterback in fantasy right now. If you’ve got him, though, this is the week to start him. He’s playing the Minnesota Vikings who have the second-to-last fantasy defense for quarterbacks to go against. So far Minnesota has surrendered three three-touchdown games, and the lowest any quarterback has scored against them has been 21 fantasy points. I envision a big game for Manning this week, and he’ll be a good call to get into your starting lineup.
If you’re looking for a bye week replacement, grab Brandon Weeden off your waiver wire. Weeden travels to Green Bay, whose defense isn’t as tough as it has been in past years. The Packers give up an average of 314 passing yards per game, and only one quarterback has failed to get multiple passing touchdowns against them. Weeden has been in the mid-to-upper teens for fantasy points this year, so starting him will at least get you some decent points, and with an easy matchup, I think he could break 20. If you need him, start him this week and then dump him back on the waiver wire.
Colin Kaepernick is a guy you’re going to want to sit, if you’ve got a decent option this week. Kaepernick plays Tennessee, whose ranked fifth against quarterbacks this year. The Titans are one of those teams who are good against the pass, because most teams just run against them. They rank 23rd against the run this year. So far, the Titans haven’t had a quarterback pass for more than 300 yards against them, and just one play-caller has more than one passing touchdown in a game when playing Tennessee. I think Frank Gore and the San Francisco ground game are going to have a big day, but Kaepernick isn’t going to get it done for you this week. He’s a bad call for you to start.
This week the game I’m most excited to watch is the Denver at Indianapolis game. It should be a good matchup with Peyton Manning returning to Indianapolis for the first time. The game should be close and a pretty high scoring one as well. I think Trent Richardson is going to have a good game. Keeping Peyton Manning off the field is something Indianapolis needs to do to win, which means a heavy dose of touches for Richardson. By now he should have a good grasp of the playbook, and Denver’s run defense is in the bottom half of the league. Indianapolis will be looking to move the ball any way possible and Richardson running the ball will be a major part of that.
Eddie Lacy is a guy you’re going to want to get into your lineup this week. Lacy appears to be getting a hold of the pro game as evidenced by his 20-plus touches in the past two weeks and his 4.76 yards per rush over those same two games. This week Green Bay plays Cleveland, who ranks 20th in points given up to running backs. Half of the running backs to face the Browns have had more than 25 fantasy points, which bodes well for Lacy’s chances. Starting Eddie Lacy would be a good call this week.
Don’t expect a big game this week out of Reggie Bush. His matchup with Cincinnati looks to be a low-scoring one for Bush. The Bengals have allowed just two running backs to score more than 20 fantasy points against them, and just one 100-yard rusher this year. Bush’s chances of getting a touchdown are slim as well with the Bengals allowing just three touchdowns to running backs so far this season. Throw in a few touches for Joique Bell and Bush is a bad call this week.
Vincent Jackson finally had a big fantasy game. I just hope you weren’t like me and had him on your bench. Doh! This week you can start him with confidence because he’s got a great matchup versus Atlanta. The Falcons are ranked 28th in points given up to wide receivers. Every team but one that has faced Atlanta has had their No. 1 wideout score a touchdown, and the Falcons haven’t seen a wideout with the talent of Jackson yet this season. Expect big things out of Jackson this week and start him with confidence.
The Denver defense ranks 30th against wide receivers this year. Teams need to throw to put up points to keep up with all the scoring Denver’s offense is doing. This week I envision a big game from T.Y. Hilton. Denver has allowed eight wide receivers to have a 100-yard receiving game or a touchdown in the six games they’ve played, and that doesn’t include tight ends. Hilton has two 100-yard games on the season already, and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he gets another one this week.
This is not a good week to be starting Andre Johnson. Kansas City is tied for third in the league with just five receiving touchdowns given up to wideouts. Combine that with an unknown rookie quarterback (Case Keenum) versus the solid pass rush of the Chiefs and it will be hard for Johnson to see many targets this week. A low amount of targets means a low number of catches and a low number of yards. All this means Johnson is a bad call this week.
Heath Miller looks to have regained his connection with Ben Roethlisberger. In the past two games, Miller has six catches for more than 70 yards in both contests. Baltimore has given up some good games to tight ends so far this year. Julius Thomas, Jordan Cameron, Charles Clay and Jermichael Finley have all had good fantasy games against the Ravens this year to rank them 24th against tight ends. Miller should be able to put up some good numbers against a team he’s had mixed success against in his career. The Ravens aren’t the defense they used to be, so expect Miller to do well.
If you’re really desperate for a tight end play, consider starting Detroit’s Joseph Fauria. The guy doesn’t get many targets, but it seems that he’s the red zone guy in the tight end department for the Lions. Fauria has just seven catches on the year, but five of those are for touchdowns. Like I said, if you’re in a tough spot, start Fauria and pray he gets a touchdown.
Good luck this week, and, as always, may your starters stay healthy and I hope you make all the right calls.